Identity Formation and Consumption During At The End Of The Colonial Era in El Salvador

Author(s): Christopher T. Begley; Roberto Gallardo

Year: 2018


Recent underwater archaeological research in El Salvador explores identity formation and consumption through an examination of material culture from a mid-19th century steamship wreck. Analyses of  data from a circa 1860 shipwreck with remarkably well-preserved cargo allows insight into the consumption patterns involving both sumptuary and quotidian goods at a moment during  the first decades of the Republic of El Salvador, founded in 1841. This transition from colony to republic saw dramatic, significant, and complex changes in racial, class, and national identities. These changes incluence the negotiation and creation of meaning by consumers, reflected in material culture. This ship’s cargo, along with previously excavated collections from industrial and domestic terrestrial settings, provide a temporally controlled context in which to  explore the ways in which consumption patterns reflect evolving identities at this time of significant change. 

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Identity Formation and Consumption During At The End Of The Colonial Era in El Salvador. Christopher T. Begley, Roberto Gallardo. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441444)

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Temporal Keywords
19th Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 1056